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    Fireboat52
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    My name is Sandy Graves and I am involved in suburban permaculture. I have always been interested in self-sufficiency from my job in the Army as a special forces medic, to my life living aboard a sailboat for many years. Currently I am retired from the fire department and living in a very small community in the Ocala National Forest and my wife and I are gardening in a 1/4 acre plot of land. I own a growing business dealing with survival waste management. I do believe that I will see a major change in the world in my lifetime, the degree of which is anybody’s guess. I have developed a self contained waste management system the uses human waste for fuel and fertilizer. I am eager to hear other ideas.

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    Kathryn
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    Hey I’d love to hear about your ideas. I’ve tried the practice outlined in the Humanure Handbook and was pleased with the results but I don’t have access to cover material so we use our flush toilet when I don’t have the required elements.

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    Fireboat52
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    I am working on a complete system for reusing human waste in a safe manner. It involves what is called urine diversion at the outset and then conversion of the waste into fertilizer or fuel depending on how you choose to treat it. Currently I make fuel out of it by dehydration but I have experimented unsuccessfully with converting it to biochar. I am trying to make a 1/4 acre lot into a self sufficient space. I intend to use the fuel to run a rocket mass heater for my green house in the winter. I am also looking into converting solid waste into food for chickens and fish (possibly aquaculture) using a black soldier fly larva harvester. It is a big subject and needs to be addressed in smaller sections.

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    vladislav
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    Welcome to the Online Permaculture course Sandy – we’re thrilled to have you join us!

    I want to check in to see how you’re progressing with the course and to inquire if you’re intending to pursue certification with us? Have you seen the other forums here? With tens of thousands of people now enrolled in the course, the forums are rapidly becoming a fantastic resource to ask questions and to meet other people studying permaculture (many likely in YOUR area!).

    CERTIFICATION LAUNCH DISCOUNT: While the online course continues to be 100% free, we are about to launch our online certification track which builds on the existing content, adding a design project + an examination and leading to the internationally-standard Permaculture Design Certification. I am not sure if you saw our e-mails, but if you order the certification by end of day tomorrow (Friday), it’s just $249 (regular rate will be $389). You can sign up for certification @ https://regenerative.com/certification

    As a sidenote, we’re about to film a bunch of new content, this time specifically for-video (rather than being film of in-person course). That content will get launched over the next few weeks.

    Would love to hear if you have any feedback about the course and whether you’re planning on signing up for certification with us! Cheers and again, welcome on-board!

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    vladislav
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    Welcome to the Online Permaculture course Sandy – we’re thrilled to have you join us!

    I want to check in to see how you’re progressing with the course and to inquire if you’re intending to pursue certification with us? Have you seen the other forums here? With tens of thousands of people now enrolled in the course, the forums are rapidly becoming a fantastic resource to ask questions and to meet other people studying permaculture (many likely in YOUR area!).

    PLEASE SUPPORT THIS COURSE. We want to continue giving away content free, but we do need your support! While the online course continues to be 100% free, we have launched our online certification track which builds on the existing content, adding a design project + an examination and leading to the internationally-standard Permaculture Design Certification. You get to do the fantastic design project and you get the certification, while we get funds to continue building out the course and adding fantastic new content, available to the world completely free! You can learn more about the certification @ https://regenerative.com/certification

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    Be sure to visit the other forums (https://www.permaculturedesigntraining.com/forums) as they contain some truly fantastic information from many of your other classmates. Again, welcome on-board!!

    -Vladislav (Founder @ Regenerative Leadership Institute)

    #10534

    Fireboat52
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    Thank you for the welcoming. I do want to finish the online course sometime in the near future. I hope to expand my business to all aspects of permaculture. I currently have moved my business to a location with a great deal of highway frontage and it will be easy to set up displays of how to manage grey water, build rocket mass heaters, compost waste, etc. I also plan on having a class room where people can learn and ask questions.
    I do believe that I am on to the best way to manage human waste where no pollution is produced, no ground water contaminated and the end product is recycled to a good and productive use in a timely manner. I hope that I can make a contribution to the permaculture lifestyle. I would, of course, like to get certified at some point. I do have a lot of balls in the air at present, but it gives me something positive to do since I retired.

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